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Subject: 2 shows for sure
The easiest way to tell that the 1st set comes from another date (other than the sound and order of 5-19-66) is by listening to the arrangement of this supposed 11-29-66 "Hurts Me Too" and then listening to the 12-1-66 version. The 12-1-66 version is way tighter and they sound much more practised they then do on this tape.
Still, some great tunes all over this tape, great to hear the rarities.
L. Rosley -
Subject: First Me and My Uncle! Mindbender and other rarities
Dead history in this this tiny San Francisco nightclub: the birth of Cowboy Bob with the first Me and My Uncle! How many times did the Dead play this during the subsequent 29 years? Bob sounds pretty bad here, but hey, it
One of only two live performances of Mindbender, an original Dead song (and a good one) on the 1965 demo record (available here at Archive.org). This show also has one of only three performances of Lindy and Standing on the Corner, and one of only two performances of Sick and Tired, Down so Long, and Something on Your Mind (fairly ordinary blues pieces).
Historic significance aside, this show has its moments, but doesn't have the quality or intensity of some other 1966 shows, such as 9/16 and 11/19, and the audio quality is poorer than some other '66 shows. The performances are uneven. Jerry has spots of brilliance, but doesn't seems seem to be able to get going in portions of Same Thing and on Viola Lee Blues, and keeps repeating the same note or lick for stretches. Again, it doesn't match other '66 performances. But they go out on a good note with Good Morning Schoolgirl and a fabulous, tight, psychedelic-pop I Just want to Make Love With You. Pigpen!
Note by the applause how small the Matrix was. Marty Balin opened it in 1965. It closed in 1972, but has recently reopened as an upscale bar called MatrixFillmore, owned by the current mayor of San Francisco, Gavin Newsom.
Subject: 2 shows
tracks 1-8 are from 5.19.66 but the sound quality is degraded. The actual 11.29.66 is great!
Subject: Phil Phans Take Note!!
lots of rarities here.
ie: early mornin rain
That's right, the "first set" here is neither 11.29.66 nor 2.23.66 as Deadbase has listed. It's the Avalon show, with the exact same "Sick and Tired" from mid-set pasted onto the beginning for some reason. How weird. The avalon version is a touch slow compared to this, but has none of the weird distortion and multi-generation problems heard here.
Subject: adjust equalizer
Firts 8 songs are fom another date. Although any '66 recording is a gem, the sound on this one is pretty hollow even for '66. Like listenning through a tin can. Not horrible given that it IS from '66, but most of the other shows from this year do sound better.
Very raw version of Me and My Uncle and Viola Lee is cut in the middle.
On the plus side there are nice renditions of Same Thing, Stealin', and See That My Grave Is Kept Clean (a.k.a. One Kind Favor). Love the older, zippier 60's versions of Cold Rain and Snow. Woth the download for Lindy fans also.
Subject: Mislabeled setlist
I agree with Jim F that the setlist up to Me and My Uncle is actually from May 19, 1966. There are better recordings for this show, but its a keeper nonetheless. I give the recording a 3 of 5 with the show at a 4.
Jim F -
I think what is listed here as "set 1" is actually from 5/19/66.
The "real" 11/29 is great though. I like the primal version of Me and my Uncle. The Same Thing delivers as usual, as does Viola Lee Blues, which was spliced on my previous source-need to check if this one is cut as well. Big Boy Pete, Stealin, One Kind Favor, and Down so Long are great examples of the good 'ol days. And Lindy is just a hoot. Deadlists has some theories on this show, with a lot of stage banter to draw conclusions from. 12/1 is a great companion to this tape-I think they are probably all from a few shows around the same time.
Subject: good show
great setlist good all around show good recroding for as old as it is
Subject: Cool show, cool setlist!
Wonderful '66 Dead show... wonderful setlist as well, a must have for all '66 heads. Decent recording as well! What else do you want?